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China: Otto Warmbier's death 'unfortunate'

China: Otto Warmbier's death 'unfortunate'

Donald Trump has criticised North Korea's "brutal regime" following the death of USA student Otto Warmbier, who Pyongyang sent home in a coma last week after 17 months in jail.

"At least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition", he said.

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says her thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) "during what has been an incredibly hard time".

President Donald Trump had urged the nation to pray for Otto Warmbier, describing his ordeal as a "truly bad thing".

North Korea committed a grave injustice against Warmbier and his family, and they deserve the truth from Pyongyang about what happened. "The results would have been a lot different", Trump said.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said last week that he believed Otto had been fighting for months to stay alive to return to his family.

The China-based travel agency that organized a trip to North Korea for an American college student who died after being released in a coma from North Korean detention said it would no longer take US citizens to the country. While North Korean officials stated he fell into a coma after contracting botulism, USA doctors who examined Warmbier said he suffered severe neurological trauma while in detention and showed no traces of the toxin.

A North Korean kangaroo court sentenced Warmbier to 15 years forced labor after he was caught moving a political banner from his hotel. A report in The Financial Times states that two were arrested earlier this year, while the third, Kim Dong-chul was detained in October 2015 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labour on espionage charges.

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest US step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect USA citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of past year in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Warmbier's family says in a statement released by a hospital that he died Monday afternoon. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with.

Last month Representatives Adam Schiff and Joe Wilson introduced the North Korea Travel Control Act, which would require licenses for American citizens to travel to the country.

North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons.

If the Trump administration wants to punish North Korea over its treatment of Warmbier, it would need Beijing's help. "Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea".

American student Otto Warmbier.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump similarly offered their condolences in a statement released by the White House on Monday. According to Warmbier's parents, he was physically abused by the North Koreans.

"While Otto Warmbier's memory will always be a blessing to his loved ones, it will also serve as an incredible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship", she added. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.

Asked if the death would have an impact on high-level U.S.

In an interview with CBS that aired Tuesday, Moon says North Korea is responsible for Warmbier's death.

Warmbier's parents haven't cited a cause of death, but "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

"Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier passed away", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a separate statement.

Whether North Korea will actually respond to pressure or talks is unclear.


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